saturday 25.6., 12 pm, steintheater, entrance on the zoo side through anifer türl (clearly signposted)
tarek atoui’s sound world is fascinating, but it might not be the first thing you notice about his concert. standing behind a battery of musical hardware and software, he twists and spins around and through the assorted screens, buttons, and sensors, playing his laptop like an rock star plays his fender. the sound itself is a dense acoustic landscape of breaks, cuts, contrasts, and distortions: an aural world inspired by the shots and explosions of the lebanese civil war in which he was raised and by his wanderings around the world and through its different musical sub-cultures. this is the background that atoui takes to his ritualistic midnight take on monteverdi’s orfeo, the piece which in 1617 at the salzburg steintheater became the first staged opera performed north of the alps. material from this work is processed and mutated until monteverdi’s basslines are more felt that heard, and atoui’s “violent message of hope,” which he works to spread through film and music workshops in palestinian refugee camps as well as through his own art, becomes palpable.
rain check 1.7., 12 pm, for up-to-date information call +43662843448 or check www.sommerszene.net
also on 25.6.: davis freeman: expanding energy, 5-10 pm, republic/kavernen 1595